Here, Still

Pat Hickman

September 8 – October 28, 2017
















September 8–October 28, 2017

Friday, September 8 at 5-7pm

Netting and Looping
September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member

The Friends of the Art Library are pleased to present Here, Still a solo exhibit of artwork by visiting artist, Pat Hickman.

Hickman is a prominent conceptual fiber artist who creates unique forms in her signature material  of animal gut and hog casings. She thoughtfully offers titles, clues to her silent communication; titles suggest metaphors; metaphors reveal stories.


My dad cut meat in a grocery store in a small town in northeastern Colorado. I had trouble watching him butcher at his sister’s ranch. People in my family hunt and fish, eating the meat they get. When I saw on exhibit a parka from Alaska made from animal intestines, I was deeply moved at the idea that an inner membrane could be an outer protective garment. I wanted to experiment with a related material, giving (new) life to that which was no longer living. I began working with sausage casings, hog intestines, which have become my signature material—a translucent, inner skin, permeable, and remarkably resilient.

Place and the materials of a place inform my work. Now that I no longer have living relatives in this state, I welcome the opportunity to return and exhibit my artwork, to reflect on what Colorado has given me. When I fly into Denver, I respond to the circular irrigation patterns on the flat Plains where I was born. I’m eager to see how the white stretch fabric peaks of the Denver airport echo the snow-covered mountains nearby. My years as an undergraduate in Boulder opened the world to me, giving me a deep desire to explore, to cross boundaries. Places where I have lived and what they have given me are now within, shaping my imagination, how I see and what I try to say in my work. This exhibit represents a kind of homecoming—a part of me is Here, Still.

DAC is grateful for the generous support of our exhibit sponsors who enable culturally innovative programs to exist in our community.  This exhibit is sponsored by Sunnyside Meats and New Face Productions.


GARNER Art Center, Studio #9B, 55 W. Railroad Ave., Garnerville, NY 10923


Gravers Lane Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 215-247-1603
The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont, NY, 845-398-0706


M.A. University of California, Berkeley, California, 1977, Major – Design/Textiles
B.A. University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1962


Professor Emerita of Art, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, 2006; Professor and Head, Fiber Program, Art Department, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Honolulu, 1990-2006

Twenty-nine years of teaching in textile and fiber programs including the University of California at Berkeley and Davis; San Francisco State University, M.H. deYoung Museum Art School and JFK University, San Francisco; Pacific Basin School of Textile Arts, Berkeley; California College of Arts, Oakland

HONORS (selected)

Nominee, USA Fellowship, 2011 Fellow of the American Craft Council, 2005
Guest Artist: Canada Arts Council Grants: Banff School of Art and Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
12th Biennale Internationale de la Tapisserie, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1985


Textile Center National Artist Advisory Council, 2016
Textile Society of America: Past President, 2010-2014; President, 2008-2010; Vice President, 2006-2008; Artist Representative, 1994-2002


Entrance Gates: “Nets of Makali`i Nets of the Pleiades,” Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Kahului, Maui, HI, 1991-1994
Videotape, “The Gates”, shown at Surface Design Conference, 1997
Reviewed by R. Silberman, American Craft magazine, Vol. 60, No. 6, Dec 2000/Jan 2001, pp. 22,24

The Gates - Part 1 videotape on YouTube“The Gates” videotape on YouTube – part 1

The Gates - Part 2 videotape on YouTube“The Gates” – part 2


The Hawai’i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts 1998 Individual Visual Arts Fellowship
National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Artist’s Grant, 1994-95, 1986-87


Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
Pierre Pauli Foundation, Lausanne, Switzerland; Canton of Vaud
Savaria Museum, Szombathely, Hungary
The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT
Art Collections, Matthews Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
The Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA
Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA
Arrowmont School, Gatlinburg, TN
Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR
The American Craft Museum, New York, NY
Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI
The State Foundation of Culture and the Arts, Honolulu, HI
The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI
LongHouse Reserve Collection, E. Hampton, NY
Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI
East-West Center, Honolulu, HI
Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
San Jose Quilt Museum, San Jose, CA


One Person (selected)

“Afterthought” New Work, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2013
“Pat Hickman: Traces of Time”, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA, 2011-2012
“Staying Time”, Tovin Studio Gallery, Nyack, NY, 2011-2012
“Through The Eyes”, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2009
“Ripples”, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Australia, 2008
“Sense of Place”, Fort Morgan Museum, Fort Morgan, CO, 2003
“Artists of Hawaii ’99”, Invited Artist, Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, HI, 1999
“Pat Hickman: Through the Gates”, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA, 1998-99
“Afterthoughts: New Work by Pat Hickman”, Banaker Gallery, San Francisco, CA,1996
“Before and After: Liminal Space”, The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI, 1995-96
“Structure and Skin”, New Faculty Exhibition: Recent Work, Commons Gallery, Art Department, University of Hawaii, 1991

Two or Three Person (selected)

“The Act of Drawing: Grace Knowlton & Pat Hickman”, The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont, NY, 2016
“Encounter: Pat Hickman & David Soo”, The OUTSIDE IN, Piermont, NY, 2015 (see the cover photo and article
featuring the exhibition
in the Textile Society of America Newsletter, Volume 27, Number 2, Fall, 2015.
“River That Runs Both Ways: New Sculpture and Drawings by Joan Harmon and Pat Hickman”, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2011
“Cascading Time: Diane Churchill – Pat Hickman”, Pomona Cultural Center, Pomona, NY, 2010
“Unsung Silk: New Art Works by Kiyomi Iwata and Pat Hickman”, Eric David Laxman Gallery, Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, Garnerville, NY, 2010
“Between the Lines”, Pat Hickman, Ann Pachner, Ursula Schneider, GAGA Arts Center, Garnerville, NY 2009
“Fluidity and Fragments”, Joan Harmon, Pat Hickman, Barbara Yontz, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, 2009

Invitational Group Exhibits (selected)

“Interconnections: The Language of Basketry”, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, 2016
“Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge”, Dennos Museum, Traverse City, MI, 2016; and Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI, 2015
“A Very Long Engagement”, traveling exhibition as part of the Society for Contemporary Craft, Satellite Gallery, BNY Mellon Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015-2016; and Dalhousie Art Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2013
“Sense of Place”, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
“Distinguished Educators”, FiberPhiladelphia 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
“Altared Spirits”, Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY, 2010
“Knitted, Knotted, Netted”, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, 2010
“Individual Artist Fellowship: Selected Works by IAF Recipients 1995-2008”, Hawaii State Art Museum, Honolulu, HI, 2010
“Garnerworld”, GAGA Arts Center, Garnerville, NY, 2009
“The Pleasures & Terrors of Spring Cleaning”: a ‘coming out’ exhibit, University of Hawaii Commons Gallery, Honolulu, HI, 1993

International Exhibits (selected)

“Love Lace”, Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, Australia, 2011-2012
“Open Gates: Converging Threads”, Pat Hickman/David Hamilton, Academy Gallery, University of Tasmania, Launceston, 2005
Traveling exhibition from Schaefer International Gallery, Maui Arts & Cultural Center, Kahului, Maui, HI, 2004
“Miniatures: 2000”, The Museum of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland
“Sculpture by the Sea”, Bondi Beach 1999, Sydney, Australia
“99 Miniartextil Como”, Italy
“Knots & Nets: Spiritual Connections”, Arts America Program, USIA tour in Africa, 1992-1994; catalogue cover photo and poster


Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, ME, 2013, 2015
University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 2008
Insakartists Workshop, Siavonga, Zambia, 2004
Burragorang International Artists’ Workshop, NSW, Australia, 2003


Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge, Muskegon Museum of Art, 2015
A Very Long Engagement, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 2013
Pat Hickman: Traces of Time, University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2011
“Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning”, Baskets: Redefining Volume and Meaning, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, 1993
“Customs and Costumes”, Embellished Lives: Customs and Costumes of the Jewish Communities of Turkey, Judah Magnes Museum, 1989
Innerskins/Outerskins: Gut and Fishskin, San Francisco Craft and Folk Art Museum, 1987
“Turkish Needlelace: Oya“, In Celebration of the Curious Mind: A Festschrift to Honor Anne Blinks on Her 80th Birthday, Interweave Press Inc., 1983

See also Publications on Collaborative Work: Pat Hickman & Lillian Elliott (PDF).

LECTURES (selected)

“Transformation: When Cultures and Ideas Meet and Merge, Our World and Our Art Are Transformed”, Kyoungsung University, and Pusan National University, Busan, Korea, 2011
“The Making of Meaning: How Traditional World Textiles Inform the Work of Contemporary Fiber Artists”, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea; Duksung Women’s University, Seoul, Korea, 2011
“Confluence: Beyond Surface”, Surface Design Association Keynote Address, Minneapolis, MN, 2011

WORKSHOPS (selected)

“Opening: Netting and Looping with Pat Hickman”, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA, 2016
“Fiber Sculpture: Structure & Skin”, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ, 2015
“Fiber Sculpture: Structure & Skin”, Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, TN, 2014
“Structure & Skin”, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC, 2012
“Openings: Open Textile Structures”, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ, 2011
“Tensile Translucence”, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ, 2010
“OPENINGS: Knotted and Knotless Netting”, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, 2009
“Baskets”, Haystack Mountain School, Deer Isle, ME, 1996, 2003, 2008

Barbara Conrad Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 5pm

Entry to Durango Arts Center galleries is always free.  The galleries are closed to the public on Sundays and Mondays.

Artist Workshop

OPENINGS: Netting and Looping – FULL/WAITLIST

with Pat Hickman
Saturday-Sunday, September 9 & 10 | 9am-5pm
$250 members / $275 Non-Member (payment can be made in two installments)
+ est. $35 materials fee payable to DAC on first day of class
This workshop will encourage participants to explore visual ideas suggested through openwork textile structure, primarily that of knotted netting and knotless netting. Reserving space for air and the importance of what is “not there” will be built into conceptually based quick studies and studio projects, both 2-D and 3-D. There will be exploration with a variety of materials, including gut (hog casings), Hickman’s signature material, using it as both structure and skin in netting. Other materials include colored wire and waxed linen thread. The workshop is less a “how to”, more an experience in discovery, questioning, and ongoing ways of working. No previous knowledge of these textile structures is required, just a willingness to explore and learn.